- a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
- to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
Origin of reprimand
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Examples from the Web for reprimand
Two years later, the reprimand was overturned, but Mia was unsuccessful in her bid to annul the adoptions.The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
He failed to reprimand the MKs in question, implicitly suggesting that in the Likud, support for two states is optional at best.Ambassador Oren Tells AIPAC Likud Supports Two States
March 4, 2013
He Made a Positive Test Result ‘Go Away’ Did Armstrong pay to have a reprimand by the International Cycling Union disappear?Speed Read: Eight Shocking Bits From the USADA’s Lance Armstrong Report
Laura Colarusso, Nina Strochlic
October 11, 2012
He and one other officer received only a letter of reprimand.When the Tragedy of Two Marines Killed In a Crash Becomes a Nightmare
May 27, 2012
He said he was not allowed to keep a copy of the classified letter of reprimand.CIA Veteran Jose Rodriguez Defends Waterboarding in New Book
April 30, 2012
He frequently spoke in verse when he wished to reprimand an artiste.My Double Life
I hope Collins will be consoled, and light his segar with the reprimand.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Now the memory of the reprimand was a strong spur to endeavour.The Long Roll
He said nothing, except to reprimand me for assaulting Martin.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
At any rate, he thought, the reprimand would be only a matter of form.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
- a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
- (tr) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
Word Origin and History for reprimand
1630s, from French réprimande (16c.), from Middle French reprimende "reproof," from Latin reprimenda "that is to be repressed" (as in reprimenda culpa "fault to be checked"), fem. singular of reprimendus, gerundive of reprimere "reprove" (see repress). Spelling influenced in French by mander "to summon."
1680s, from reprimand (n.) or else from French réprimander (17c.), from réprimande. Related: Reprimanded; reprimanding.